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    Brenda Lee

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    Genre:Pop, Country
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    I'm Yours Lord lyrics
    2Tammy lyrics
    3This Little Light of Mine lyrics
    4Have A Little Talk With lyrics
    5What a Way for Us to Say Goodbye lyrics
    Go Tell It on the Mountain lyrics
    7Your Cheatin' Heart lyrics
    8I Wanna Be Around lyrics
    9Nobody Wins lyrics
    Kris Kristofferson feat. Brenda Lee
    10I'm Sitting on Top of the World lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    Coming on Strong [Decca] [1966]
    2This Is...Brenda [1960]
    3Brenda, That's All [1962]
    4Emotions [1961]
    5Brenda Lee [Decca] [1960]
    6Brenda Lee - Miss Dynamite [Decca] [1960]
    7All the Way [1961]
    Grandma, What Great Songs You Sang! [1959]
    9Sincerely, Brenda Lee [1962]
    10Songs Everybody Knows [DL] [1959]


    One of the biggest pop stars of the early '60s, Brenda Lee hasn't
    attracted as much critical respect as she deserves. She is sometimes
    inaccurately characterized as one of the few female teen idols. More
    crucially, the credit for achieving success with pop-country
    crossovers usually goes to Patsy Cline, although Lee's efforts in
    this era were arguably of equal importance. While she made
    few recordings of note after the mid-'60s, the best of her first
    decade is fine indeed, encompassing not just the pop ballads
    that were her biggest hits, but straight country and some
    surprisingly fierce rockabilly.

    Lee was a child prodigy, appearing on national television by the
    age of ten, and making her first recordings for Decca the
    following year (1956). Her first few Decca singles, in fact, make
    a pretty fair bid for the best preteen rock & roll performances
    this side of Michael Jackson. "BIGELOW 6-200," "Dynamite," and
    "Little Jonah" are all exceptionally powerful rockabilly performances,
    with robust vocals and white-hot backing from the cream of
    Nashville's session musicians (including Owen Bradley, Grady
    Martin, Hank Garland, and Floyd Cramer). Lee would not have
    her first big hits until 1960, when she tempered the rockabilly
    with teen idol pop on "Sweet Nothin's," which went to the Top Five.

    The comparison between Lee and Cline is to be expected, given
    that both singers were produced by Owen Bradley in the early
    '60s. Naturally, many of the same session musicians and backup
    vocalists were employed. Brenda, however, had a bigger in with
    the pop audience, not just because she was still a teenager, but
    because her material was more pop than Cline's, and not as
    country. Between 1960 and 1962, she had a stunning series of
    huge hits: "I'm Sorry," "I Want to Be Wanted," "Emotions," "You
    Can Depend on Me," "Dum Dum," "Fool #1," "Break It to Me
    Gently," and "All Alone Am I" all made the Top Ten. Their
    crossover appeal is no mystery. While these were ballads, they
    were delivered with enough lovesick yearning to appeal to
    adolescents, and enough maturity for the adults. The first-class
    melodic songwriting and professional orchestral production
    guaranteed that they would not be ghettoized in the country

    Lee's last Top Ten pop hit was in 1963, with "Losing You." While
    she still had hits through the mid-'60s, these became smaller and
    less frequent with the rise of the British Invasion (although she
    remained very popular overseas). The best of her later hits, "Is
    It True?," was a surprisingly hard-rocking performance, recorded
    in 1964 in London with Jimmy Page on guitar. 1966's "Coming on
    Strong," however, would prove to be her last Top 20 entry.

    In the early '70s, Lee reunited with Owen Bradley and, like so
    many early white rock & roll stars, returned to country music. For
    a time she was fairly successful in this field, making the country
    Top Ten half-a-dozen times in 1973-1974. Although she remained
    active as a recording and touring artist, for the last couple of
    decades she's been little more than a living legend, directing
    her intermittent artistic efforts to the country audience.

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